Behold Your God

Isaiah 40 stands out as one of my favorite chapters in the Bible—I have a lot of them!—because of its depth. This week, six verses resonated with me.

The first two are Isaiah 40:7-8.
The grass withers, the flower fades,
When the breath of the LORD blows upon it;
Surely the people are grass.
The grass withers, the flower fades,
But the word of our God stands forever.

Our pastor reminds us every time we read scripture together that “what we’ve just read” will stand forever. Makes me sit up a little straighter and pay attention.

The third verse, and the key of Jews for Jesus “Behold Your God”* evangelistic campaigns, is Isaiah 40:9 (KJV). O Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God!

Isaiah 40:18, the fourth verse, asks a pair of provocative questions: To whom then will you liken God? Or what likeness will you compare with Him?

Continuing with the theme of God’s incomparable greatness, Isaiah leads us to an astounding conclusion in Isaiah 40:26. Lift up your eyes on high and see who has created these stars, the One who leads forth their host by number, He calls them all by name; Because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power, Not one of them is missing. Who else but God would know if a star is missing?

The sixth verse, Isaiah 40:29, moves our attention from the vastness of the galaxies to our own solar system, to our earth, to our inhabited places, and to us. He gives strength to the weary, and to him who lacks might He increases power. Behold, this is our God!

* Behold Your God, Israel

From September readings for Days 14, 15, and 16
Isaiah 37-39, 40-41, and 42-43
Proverbs 25:1-14, 25:15-28, and 26:1-16
Luke 23:1-12, 23:13-25, and 23:26-31
Hebrews 8:7-13, 9:1-10, and 9:11-28

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